“Like Norah Jones meets Eva Cassidy, with drops of Ray Charles and Bill Evans”
Singer-songwriter Staci Braun’s adult-contemp pop originates at the crossroads of wisdom gleaned from painfully complex life journeys and the innocence inherent in the promise of new beginnings. Her piano and keyboard accompaniment leans on jazz and blues traditions, but goes wherever best creates a backdrop for her voice. Sultry and smooth, she covers tunes into new creations, sometimes entirely.
Staci’s elegance as a songwriter and the visceral emotionality of her vocals and lyrics recall Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell. Both are inspirations for her piano sound, as well as jazz icon Bill Evans, and the-mother-of-all-songwriters, Carole King. What she brings to cover songs, spanning decades and genres, is the same deep attention, to bring out what she sees, and wants to share.
Staci's writing - prose, poetry, and lyrics - live on substack, in her musings and music project, the bast. To cultivate community, share stories, and reveal new works, including works-in-progress, Staci hosts the bast...in The LIving Room podcast, available on all platforms.
Based in Charlotte, NC, Staci travels throughout the US and internationally for performance, produces session vocals, and is currently recording and producing her debut album, “Blanket of Melancholy”.
- CCVM's 2018 Best New Artist Honorable Mention for "Wait"
- CCVM's Emerging Voice Contest/ Honorable Mention for "Breath of Heaven"